Three Fife nurses have been selected to take part in a special professional development programme that will earn them the right to use the coveted Queen’s Nurse title.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute Scotland (QNIS) was established by Queen Victoria in 1889 in honour of her Golden Jubilee. Historically, the Queen’s Nurse title was awarded to nurses who completed training that equipped them to work in the community. They provided healthcare and health promotion to people in their own homes, and were well respected in the communities in which they practised.
Pauline Buchanan, Community Dermatology Nurse Practitioner based in Dunfermline; Lyndsey Forsyth, ADHD Nurse Specialist based in Kirkcaldy; and Gerrard Hastie, Community Psychiatric Nurse based in Leven, make up three of the 21 community-based nurses from across the country selected by the QNIS to join this year’s Queen’s Nurses Development Programme.
This is the first time that Fife will have three nurses inducted into the programme in a single year.
All candidates were nominated having demonstrated their commitment to high quality, compassionate care. They then completed a written application and were chosen to go forward for the programme after attending a selection event where they impressed a panel of nursing leaders.
The new Queen’s Nurses will take part in a nine-month programme, developing and honing their existing skills and capabilities, culminating in an Awards Ceremony in December.
Once they have completed the QNIS development programme, the modern Queen’s Nurses will support new models of care to promote health improvement and local delivery of services.
On their selection to the QNIS development programme, NHS Fife Director of Nursing, Helen Wright, said:
“I am delighted to see three Fife nurses inducted into this year’s QNIS Development Programme.
“Our inductees have each been selected because they have demonstrated a real passion and commitment to continually improve the care and treatment offered to patients in Fife.
“With an ever increasing amount of care now able to be delivered safely in our communities, their participation in the programme is likely to positively influence the nursing care offered to patients across Fife in the years and decades to come.”
Reflecting on her induction to the QNIS development programme, Pauline Buchanan said:
“I am delighted and honored to have been selected for the Queen’s Nurse Programme. It is a very exciting opportunity to make change happen in creating new ways of working. Hopefully it will also provide the best possible care in the community for persons living with long term skin conditions.”
Upon her selection, Lyndsey Forsyth said:
“It is a real privilege to have been selected for the Queens Nurse Programme.
“The experience so far has been inspirational and I am excited about the journey ahead. I am especially looking forward to the opportunity to cascade my learning from the program into our service for the benefit not only of colleges but our patients and their families”
Lastly, Gerrard Hastie said:
“Undertaking this development programme is a great privilege and I feel genuinely humbled to be doing this. The QNIS programme is an opportunity to build on my skills as a community nurse and ultimately this will benefit the people in my care.”
- QNIS was established in 1889 thanks to a donation from Queen Victoria on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee
- QNIS originally trained nurses for community district work, with the last award made in January 1969. Since then, QNIS has become a charity, promoting excellence in community nursing to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Scotland.
- QNIS is based in the same building that training took place in, going all the way back to 1890.
- To learn more about Queen’s Nurses in Scotland, visit their website.